Fool Hollow Lake

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  • Fool Hollow Lake, in the White Mountains just outside of Show Low, covers 140 surface acres. Average depth for the impoundment is 23 feet, though it does plummet to as deep as 60 feet. The lake offers more than 5 miles of shoreline.

    Species available include rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, walleye and even an occasional smallmouth bass. The bass fishing is good enough here for a couple of the White Mountain bass clubs to routinely use the waterway for tournaments. In fact, on May 10, 2002 a 5-pound, 14,56-ounce smallmouth bass was caught and released here.

    Walleye fishing is pretty good too, as evidenced by the 12-pound, 11-ounce lunker caught here in September 2002 on a Rapala Countdown. Catfisherment won't come away disappointed either. An 11-ound, 5.44-ounce channel cat was caught here on September 28 2002. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona
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    Latitude: 34° 16' 41.6"N Longitude: 110° 04' 26.2
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Arizona State Parks (928) 537-3680 or Arizona Game and Fish at (602)789-3701
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    All Year
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    Fool Hollow Lake is owned by the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and managed by Arizona State Parks
    Ranger Station/District:
    Arizona State Parks (928) 537-3680
    The elevation at Fool Hollow Lake is 6260
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    There will posted signs for bag limits
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    8 horse max
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  • To get to Fool Hollow Lake take State Route 260 west from Show Low to Old Linden Road and take a left. There are two boat ramps one on the north end of the lake and one on the east.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    May 24, 2017
    Fishing is excellent for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout and bass! Lake was stocked last week. The lake is full for the first time in several years. Fishing pier and platforms are accessible! Large catfish were found in the shallow southern portion during a recent fish population survey.
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    Fishing is fair! No ice. Rainbow trout are being caught. The lake is full and spilling. Fishing pier and platforms are accessible! Northern pike should be congregating to spawn this time of year, try throwing Rapala lures or streamers in shallow coves. Northern pike spawn and congregate in weedy shallow coves.
  3. Reports
    Jan 20, 2017
    Fishing is fair for trout. The lake was stocked heavily with rainbow trout in September and water quality is good. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers in the mornings. No ice present. The 2 fishing piers have been disconnected so that winter ice does not damage them, thus, they are not available for shore fishing.

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  1. AGFD bio
    Brown trout are no longer found at Fool Hollow Lake, but rainbow trout are still stocked annually.

    The nearest tackled shop is in Pinetop, but you can also find bait (worms and powerbait) and tackle at stores such as Kmart and Walmart in Show Low.
  2. John Honeyager
    Is there a bait and tackle shop near Fools Hollow Lake?